Soon in tunes: Galactic, Nov. 13 at George’s

November 12th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Galactic photo by Zack Smith

Galactic photo by Zack Smith

Louisiana band Galactic brings its signature brand of funk/hip hop/electronica to Arkansas for a show on Thursday (Nov. 13) at George’s Majestic Lounge. The musicians’ latest album, “Carnivale Electricos,” is befitting of the Mardi Gras parties of their native New Orleans. For the current tour that visits George’s, they’ll be joined by fellow Louisianan and guest vocalist Maggie Koerner. Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $20 and are available through

Soon in tunes: Dead Indian, Nov. 12 at George’s

November 11th, 2014 at 11:43 am

Dead Indian

Dead Indian

Dead Indian is very much alive and will prove it this week when the Fayetteville rock trio releases its new album. “When We Live” debuts Wednesday (Nov. 12) night at a release party at George’s Majestic Lounge. Joining the band at the 9 p.m. show will be fellow local rockers The Bends, The Knowing Hand and Buffalo Hustle. Admission is $5.

Soon in tunes: Jonathan Byrd, Nov. 10 at Eureka House Concerts

November 10th, 2014 at 11:23 am

Jonathan Byrd

Jonathan Byrd

Songwriter Jonathan Byrd hails from another Fayetteville – the one in North Carolina. But he’s been through this region several times, and he returns for a show today (Nov. 10) at Eureka House Concerts. Byrd is known for his traditional songwriting, Americana attitude and thoughtful lyrics. Byrd’s concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15. Shannon Wurst will open.

Not so standard: The sounds of the New York Standards Quartet

November 7th, 2014 at 10:51 am

The New York Standards Quartet

The New York Standards Quartet

When the members of New York Standards Quartet decided to start playing together after a gig at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City, they had two goals in mind. The members wanted to be a band, and not just a one-off entity like so many of their contemporaries, and they wanted to play the standards in their own way. As an aside, they also wanted to tour in Japan because so many of them had a connection to that country.

Fast forward almost a decade later and what fans will see on stage during a pair of shows tonight (Nov. 7) at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville very much meets that vision. The group tours together frequently, and just got back from their ninth tour of Japan. And indeed they do perform reworked versions of jazz standards. Included on the band’s recent album “The New Straight Ahead,” for instance, are original takes on Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and the French jazz classic “Autumn Leaves.”

I chatted with several members of the band as they prepared for their current American tour. My story appears in today’s What’s Up! section, and you can read the story if you’re a subscriber to the newspaper or its digital products.

The NYSQ performs at 7 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $15-$30 and are available via the venue’s website.

Join me for a (live!) chat about new music

November 7th, 2014 at 10:20 am

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This may or may not be on my list of the Top 10 songs of the year, but it’s one I’ve played a lot recently, so… it could be? Also, it’s more difficult to pick a list of your top songs for the year than you might expect. P.S. — Favorite songs do not necessarily equal favorite videos, which can be said about the entry from Alt-J above.

I talk about new music all the time, but this time I’m going to actually talk about new music. Like in person, and hopefully with you in attendance, too.

At the end of each year, KUAF news director and music lover Kyle Kellams and I join forces for a segment that highlights our favorite new albums. As a precursor to this year’s segment, we’re expanding the concept a bit. And that’s where you can help.

Join me, Kyle and his fellow KUAF producer Katy Henriksen at 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 10) at Maxine’s Tap Room in downtown Fayetteville as we discuss some of our favorite songs of the year (but not quite the albums of the year just yet — we’ll save that for the radio segment later). We’ll also discuss some contemporary topics in music, such as what the rise of streaming services have done to album sales (Taylor Swift excluded, of course).

It should be informal, and it should be fun. Here’s the official Facebook invite, too.

So come share a beverage, if you like, and come share in the discussion of music.

See you there?

The weekend in live music, with ticket sales and more

November 7th, 2014 at 5:03 am

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Here’s what Wakarusa looked like last year. Tickets for this year’s event go on sale today.

When the Razorback are off for a weekend, like they are this one, it seems like everyone else makes sure to host events.

This weekend is sure to be a frantic one, but it might be time to look a few month ahead to one that promises to be 100 times more so.

The annual Wakarusa festival, which takes place every summer on Mulberry Mountain north of Ozark, won’t return until June 4-7, 2015.

But tickets for the annual music festival go on sale later this morning — at 10 a.m. Central time (Nov. 7). The tickets are as cheap now as they’ll ever be. But those prices come with a catch, as the lineup for the event won’t be announced until mid-January. Basically, if you can trust the booking agents to round up solid acts for the upcoming year, they’ll reward you for the faith.

But in things more tangible for the weekend, the New York Standards Quartet will liven up some jazz classics during a pair of shows tonight at the Walton Arts Center. More on them in a bit.

Also, the band Opiate, named for an EP from the band Tool, will present a Tool tribute show on Saturday (Nov. 8) at George’s Majestic Lounge. And, elsewhere, Dusty Pearls has a gig at the Pied Piper/Cathouse in Eureka Springs. That one takes place tonight.

What’s on your music-watching agenda?

Soon in tunes — Judah and the Lion, Nov. 6 at the UArk Bowl

November 5th, 2014 at 9:19 am

Judah and the Lion photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

Judah and the Lion photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

Fresh off a performance at Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival in mid-October, folk rock outfit Judah & The Lion returns to the area for a Thursday (Nov. 6) show. The band’s latest album, “Kids These Days,” was released on Sept. 9. Tickets for the show at the UARK Bowl in Fayetteville with guests Little Chief are $10 and are available via

Soon in tunes: STS9, Nov. 5 at Fayetteville Town Center

November 4th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

STS9 live at Wakarusa. Photo by Phil Clarken.

STS9 live at Wakarusa. Photo by Phil Clarken.

Instrumental electronic rockers STS9 are on a headlining tour for the first time in more than a year, and the cross-country jaunt comes to Fayetteville on Wednesday (Nov. 5). The California-based band took some time off from the road with membership changes and also a string of festival dates this summer. The band’s performance with Exmag begins at 8 p.m. at the Fayetteville Town Center. The event is an all-ages show. Tickets are $29.50 via

Soon in tunes: Darlingside, Nov. 6 in Fort Smith

November 3rd, 2014 at 9:17 am

Darlingside photo by Rob Stey

Darlingside photo by Rob Stey

Boston folk quartet Darlingside will visit the intimate AAC Live facility in Fort Smith for a Thursday night (Nov. 6) show. The band members trade lead vocals, often on a single microphone, and draw sounds from folk, barbershop and chamber music traditions. Tickets are $40 and are available via

The long farewell of Randall Shreve and the Sideshow

October 31st, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Randall Shreve at a previous masquerade ball. Photo by VICTOR CHALFANT.

Randall Shreve at a previous masquerade ball. Photo by VICTOR CHALFANT.

Halloween has always been near and dear to the hearts of the members of Randall Shreve and the Sideshow.

It’s an opportunity to dress up and be silly — something the Fayetteville-based rock band has always been good at, even away from this time of year.

So Halloween provides an chance to go even more extreme, something the band is happy to attempt. Added to the group’s annual Halloweentime masquerade balls are contortionists, circus acts and more. All, of course, while the band provides a soundtrack.

Sadly, tonight (Oct. 31)’s event at George’s Majestic Lounge is the final masquerade. The group has announced they will cease to be after the end of the year, putting an end to many years of touring, recording and performing.

Frontman Randall Shreve chatted with me recently about his band’s amicable end and the wildness that will be tonight’s masquerade ball.

Read my story in today’s What’s Up! section [Note: Subscriber content] to learn more.

Admission to tonight’s show, which also includes a Beatles cover set from The Airplanes, is $10. The show begins at 9 p.m.